WATCH: LA Angels Two-Way Phenom Shohei Ohtani Shows off His Wide Range of Pitching Techniques

Published 07/01/2022, 8:00 AM EDT

Shohei Ohtani has become a brand in Major League Baseball. The LA Angels’ two-way star has already become a fan favorite with his dominant and consistent performances in the ballparks. A dynamic force from the mound and a hit machine from the plate, Shohei Ohtani, is the Rolls-Royce of Major League Baseball.

It has been just four years since Ohtani made his MLB debut, and the Japanese star has already become the best baseball player in the league. His two-way playing style makes him different from every other baseball player.

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Leave his hitting capabilities. The Angels star has been one of the best pitchers in the last couple of years. Unlike every other pitcher, Ohtani has a variety of pitches in his arsenal. Recently, the Angels star got featured as the cover star for TIME magazine, where he displayed his multiple grips to throw different pitches.

Shohei Ohtani shows off how to pitch like a pro

Although Shohei Ohtani is a two-way player, when it comes down to pitching, the Angels’ star is no less than a regular MLB starter. He can toss five different pitches from the mound. Yes! You read it right. Ohtani can throw five different pitches alone.

Sep 25, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) sprints to first base on his way to a triple against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Per a video uploaded by TIME, Ohtani revealed his arsenal of pitching techniques. From fastballs, sliders, splitters, and cutters to curveballs, Shohei Ohtani showed how he grips the ball to toss different pitches. After watching the video, one can say that Ohtani has mastered the art of pitching.

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TIME captioned the video, “Learn how to pitch like Shohei Ohtani in 43 seconds.”

It’s not that Ohtani is the best pitcher in baseball, but as a two-way player, he is in a league of his own. It is not even a debate.

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Can Ohtani retain his AL MVP Award in 2022?

If not for Aaron Judge, Ohtani would have been the frontrunner to win his second AL MP Award. But the New York Yankees star is in a sensational form. And he is the only one who can prevent Ohtani from retaining his MVP Award.

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With a 2.68 ERA, the Angels star has already collected 101 strikeouts, while he has also smacked 17 home runs from the plate this season. And if he continues to perform like this, he might win the AL MVP again.

Do you think Ohtani deserves to win the AL MVP in 2022?

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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